At first blush, people might think that the most important thing that helps us recognize an object is color, but obviously if you look at a black and white image, you can still tell what it is without its color. One of the best ways to learn how to draw is studying a black and white photograph, which will help you see correct values (light to dark shading). Values are what you see when you look at any object. You if you have a color photo that you want to draw, scan it into your computer graphics program and change it to grayscale or black and white. It is important to really see values before progressing on to the rather complicated world of color.
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I have turned to the color media after having taken your most helpful beginners drawing class this past year. I completed the tonel scale as you directed and it was very helpful. In fact, an eye opener. Now I see when using the above photo copy technique how valuable those tones are. But it surprised me to see, when working in color,(oils), that there are always at least three colors(tones)on every surface. A green leaf is rarely just green. The leaf has a light side, a dark side and at least one medium in between. The take away from your teaching for me was the single biggest boost to adding depth and dimension to my drawings and paintings. Thanks for sharing and thanks for caring. Warm Regards, Larry
Thanks Larry, I'm glad you understood how important values are in a drawing. They can be tricky since putting a medium value next to something dark can look very light in comparison and visa versa. Keep at your art and I know you'll be pleased with how you are improving.
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